First posted Dec. 4, at 10:45 a.m., updating to keep it in front of artists. 

Yes, Mission Local is still giving a $500 reward for the best entry into our unofficial contest to turn the tech buses into art.

But what’s better is that it is no longer completely unofficial.

Apart from our prize money — which was more of a gesture to those artists willing to give something unofficial a try — Genentech wants to bedazzle its buses and will select one winner whose art will adorn the side of one of its buses in 2014!

Genentech’s financial arrangement with that artist is between Genentech and the artist, and that artist could be someone different than our selection. Who is to say that we have the same taste, but we might.

Genentech’s interests are similar to ours: community mindfulness. And sustainability themes might also play well.

Send submissions for the first round to submissions@missionlocal.org by Dec. 31, 2013.